Litigation Writs 25/02/97

A Lewes teacher of blind children who was seriously injured when she picked up a disabled girl she was helping into a minibus has launched a compensation claim against the Royal National Institute for the Blind. As a result of back and neck injuries she received in the incident Elizabeth Jeffrey, 25, claims she is now disabled and has lost her job. The writ says the incident leading to her injuries happened on 6 March 1995 at the Sunshine House School, East Grinstead. It says that as the child was unstrapped from the aid that helped her stand she went into a spasm and jolted Jeffrey's upper body and neck backwards. The writ accuses the charity of negligence and failure to provide Miss Jeffrey with instruction in lifting disabled children.

Writ issued by Brachers, Maid- stone, Kent

Dyfed widow Lilian Francis, 59, whose cyclist husband, Terence was killed in a 1994 road accident, is claiming compensation against motorist, John Keohare, of Dyfed, who she blames for the accident.

Writ issued by Park Nelson, London WC2, agents for Martin Smith & Co, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

Lincoln National, formerly Laurentian Life, has issued writs claiming £1.1m for an alleged fraud against Michael Annen, Weatheralls and Laceys, of Bournemouth, and Ian Macfarlane, of The Macfarlane Practice, at Blandford Forum. Lincoln is seeking a contribution from them in respect of £1,198,568.30 which it paid on March 1 1995 as damages to Abbey National Mortgages and Maes EC No 1. The writ claims the defendants are liable to Abbey National and Maes for the same damage. It accuses them of fraud and deceit, conspiracy to defraud and injure Abbey National and Maes, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, breaches of trust and contract, and procurement of breaches of contract between June and October 1989. The claim relates to mortgage advances secured on properties in Bournemouth and Poole.

Writ issued by Osborne Clarke, Bristol

Seeboard is being sued for damages for negligence after a fire which damaged property at Shoreham-by-Sea in 1992. JR Payne, of Hove, has issued a High Court writ claiming damages from Seeboard in respect of fire damage and accusing Seeboard of negligence and breach of statutory duty.

Writ issued by Taylor Joynson Garrett, London EC4